Spunk Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who expresses doubt that Joe would really do anything to Spunk?

2. What promises has Spunk made to Lena, according to Elijah?

3. What is Joe's last name?

4. How do Joe's clothes fit him?

5. Who encourages Joe to hurt Spunk?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Joe react when Spunk seduces Lena? Do you think he would have reacted differently if Spunk had not been so intimidating?

2. When Joe enters the store in Chapter 1, how is he treated?

3. Who is the winner of Hurston's story? How so?

4. Are there any surprise guests at Spunk's wake? Why is it a surprise?

5. What sort of supernatural twist does Hurston give her story?

6. Describe how Spunk dies in Chapter 4.

7. How do others in the town treat Spunk? Why do they treat him this way?

8. In what way does this story address justice?

9. Describe the scene surrounding Joe's death.

10. Do you think there is any competition between Joe and Spunk? Why or why not?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the tone of "Spunk"? Why would Hurston choose to write the story in this type of tone? What impact does the tone have on the way the reader perceives the characters and sequence of events?

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast the characters of Joe and Spunk. How are their lives different? How are the characters the same?

Essay Topic 3

Do you think Spunk and Lena are in love? What about Joe and Lena? Support your opinions with specific examples from the novel.

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